If you’re ready to enjoy the next best thing to your real teeth, dental implants in Portland may be the solution for you. They have the potential to last for a lifetime, allowing you to make a long-term investment in your oral health and your quality of life. You will need to be prepared to undergo a multi-phased treatment process that will include oral surgery. Don’t worry, Dr. McInnis takes the time to explain the process and what you can expect, so you can head into your placement surgery feeling confident.
No matter if you’re missing one, multiple, or all your natural teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants if you have good oral and general health. You will need to schedule a consultation with your dentist in Portland, Dr. McInnis, to ensure they are right for you. She takes the time to discuss your dental and medical history while also learning more about your lifestyle to check for any risk factors that could compromise the success of your new smile.
In addition to a visual examination, she also takes a CT scan and digital images to have a complete picture of your oral health. Using the information that she’s gathered, you may need additional treatments before your placement surgery, like tooth extractions, bone grafting, or a sinus lift.
Your implant posts are surgically placed into pre-determined locations within your jawbone to serve as new tooth roots while also stabilizing your restoration. Your oral surgeon will use sedation or anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure, so you don’t need to worry about feeling any pain.
Your gum tissue is carefully opened to expose your jawbone. A special dental tool drills small holes into your bone to allow the implant posts to be inserted. Your tissue is sutured closed, and you’ll spend the next several weeks healing.
The implant posts act as new roots, so they stimulate your jaw to promote new bone growth. Over the next few weeks, your bone will fuse to the posts. This process is called osseointegration, and it allows your implant posts to potentially remain in place forever.
As with any surgery, it’s normal to experience some discomfort while you heal, but many patients say it isn’t any worse than having a tooth extraction. You can manage any pain using an over-the-counter medication. It’s also best to apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth to help reduce any swelling or bruising.
You’ll also want to stick to a soft diet until after you recover. We’ll explain how to care for your surgical sites and how to maintain your oral hygiene to minimize the risk of infection.
You can permanently replace your missing teeth with dental implants. If you’re ready to restore your smile using a lasting solution, contact our office today to schedule your consultation. We take the time to answer your questions and address your concerns to help you make the best choice for your oral health.